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3 seriously injured after head-on collision in Burlington

BURLINGTON — Police responded to a head-on collision with injuries in Burlington on Saturday.

The two-vehicle crash took place on the Heineberg Bridge at around 1:00 p.m.

Heineberg Bridge connects Route 127, known as the Beltline in Burlington to Colchester.

According to the report, a 2019 black Kia Forte driven by Antony Wathugi, 25, of Williston, was traveling north on Route 127 when he attempted to pass another vehicle on the bridge that was in front of him.

Police say he accelerated at a high rate of speed as he passed the vehicle, crossing into the southbound lane.

Inunaculee Kaniki, 58, of Colchester, was in the southbound lane.

Wathugi passed the vehicle that was in front of him and attempted to get back into the northbound lane however due to the vehicle’s high rate of speed he lost control of the vehicle.

Kaniki attempted to swerve to avoid Wathugi’s vehicle, however, both vehicles collided head-on.

The passenger in Wathugi’s, identified as Skuyler Keller, 24, of St. Albans, remains in serious condition at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Wathugi is also in intensive care at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Kaniki has been transferred out of ICU, and is in stable condition, police say.

Anyone with more information about this crash is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at 802-658-2704.

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